Graduate Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates and fees vary by program, and are effective as of June 1 each year. Rates are subject to change.

Review our Glossary of Fees for an explanation of the various fees and what they cover.

Discounts

We offer a few discounts for graduate students. For example, a 10 percent tuition discount for many of our campus-based graduate programs. You may be eligible if you are a Lesley alum, a senior (age 55+), a Cambridge, Massachusetts resident, or a City of Cambridge employee. Or, get a 25 percent discount if you are affiliated with City Year. Learn more about our graduate tuition discounts.


Master's Degree and Certificate Programs

  • Certificate Program Tuition
    Certificate Programs 2018–2019 2019–2020
    Arts in Health (On campus) $1,000/credit $1,030/credit
    Counseling Psychology (On campus) $1,130/credit $1,160/credit
    Education (On campus) $975/credit $975/credit
    Education (Off campus) $650/credit $650/credit
    Education (Online) $650/credit $650/credit
    Expressive Therapies (On campus)  $1,130/credit $1,160/credit
    Mindfulness (Low residency) $1,000/credit $1,030/credit
    Reading Specialist CAGS (On campus) $975/credit $975/credit

     

  • Master’s Degree & License-Only Programs Tuition
    Counseling/Psychology Programs 2018–2019 2019–2020
    Clinical Mental Health Counseling (On campus) $1,130/credit $1,160/credit
    Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Off campus) $650/credit $650/credit
    Counseling Psychology (On campus) $1,130/credit $1,160/credit
    Expressive Therapies (On-campus & Low-residency) $1,130/credit $1,160/credit

     

    Education Programs 2018–2019 2019–2020
    M.Ed. with Initial License Programs    
    M.Ed. with Initial License (On campus) $840/credit $840/credit
    M.Ed. with Initial License (Off-campus or Online courses) $650/credit $650/credit
    M.Ed. with Initial License (Teacher Residency) (Lesley courses) $975/credit $840/credit
    M.Ed. Early Childhood with ESL Preparation in Somerville (Teacher Residency) (Somerville courses) $300/credit $300/credit
    M.Ed. Elementary Education with ESL Preparation (Teacher Residency) (School-based courses) $300/credit $300/credit
    M.Ed. with Initial License (Teacher Residency) (Collaborative school-based courses) Varies by school Varies by school
    M.Ed. Reading Specialist (leads to second Initial License) (On campus) $975/credit $840/credit
    M.Ed. Reading Specialist (leads to second Initial License) (Off campus) $650/credit $650/credit
    M.Ed. with Professional or Non-License Programs    
    M.Ed. Professional license or Non-license (On campus) $975/credit $975/credit
    M.Ed. Professional license or Non-license (Off campus) $650/credit $650/credit
    M.Ed. Professional license or Non-license (Online) $650/credit $650/credit
    License-Only Programs    
    License-Only: Elementary, Middle, & High School Education (On campus) $840/credit $840/credit
    License-Only: Elementary, Middle, & High School Education; Reading Specialist (Off campus) $650/credit $650/credit
    License-Only: English as a Second Language, Moderate Disabilities, Severe Disabilities, and Specialist Teacher of Reading (On campus) $975/credit $840/credit
    License-Only: Instructional Technology Specialist $840/credit $840/credit
    School Counseling Programs    
    MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: School & Community Counseling (On campus) $1,130/credit $1,160/credit
    MA in Counseling Psychology: School Counseling Specialization (On campus) $1,130/credit $1,160/credit

     

    Other Programs 2018–2019 2019–2020
    International Higher Education & Intercultural Relations (On campus) $1,000/credit $1,030/credit
    Management Program (Online) $650/credit $650/credit
    Mindfulness Studies Programs (Low residency) $1,000/credit $1,030/credit
    MFA Programs    
    Creative Writing MFA (Low residency) $875/credit $875/credit
    Photography MFA (On campus) $1,000/credit $1,030/credit
    Visual Arts MFA  (Low residency) $1,000/credit* $1,030/credit*
    *Students who entered the MFA in Visual Arts program prior to June 2015 are grandfathered into the rate they had when they started the program.    

     

  • Graduate Fees
    Graduate Fees 2018–2019 2019–2020
    Activity Fee For on-campus programs, if taking 6+ credits in a semester. $30/Fall & Spring $30/Fall & Spring
    Affiliation Fee For specific education courses. $975 (one-time fee) $975 (one-time fee)
    Assessment Fees For specific education courses.    
    Education Programs: Reading $35/course $35/course
    Education Programs: Special Education $100/course $100/course
    Copyright Fee (Center for Reading Recovery programs) $50/course $50/course
    Degree Completion Fee $75 $75
    Field Experience Fees (For graduate programs with an internship or practicum.)    
    Counseling/Psychology $545/semester of internship $545/semester of internship
    Expressive Therapies $545/semester of internship $545/semester of internship
    Education $500/practicum $500/practicum
    MAP E-portfolio Fee    
    Education: M.Ed. and License Only programs $150 $150
    Materials Fees (estimates)    
    Arts in Health $30/course $30/course
    Counseling Psychology CAGS $210 (one-time fee) $210 (one-time fee)
    Counseling Psychology Master’s and Grad Certificates $30/course $30/course
    Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s $240 (one-time fee) $240 (one-time fee)
    Education (On & off campus) $10/course $10/course
    Expressive Therapies Certificate $30/course $30/course
    Expressive Therapies Master’s (On campus & low residency) $350 (one-time fee) $350 (one-time fee)
    International Higher Education & Intercultural Relations $15/course $15/course
    Mindfulness Studies $15/course $15/course
    Practicum Fees $35/internship $35/internship
    Registration Fees $40/semester 
    $20/8-week term
    $40/semester 
    $20/8-week term
    Residency Fees Some low-residency programs charge this fee.    
    Creative Writing MFA $500/residency $500/residency
    Mindfulness Studies (Master’s & Certificate) $350/residency $350/residency
    Visual Arts MFA  (residency fee) $350/residency $350/residency
    Visual Arts MFA  (culminating fee) Charged in your last residency. $350 (one-time fee) $350 (one-time fee)
    Technology Fee $30/online course $30/online course

     

  • Student Health Insurance (Graduate)

    You'll be billed for student health insurance if you're half- or full-time in an on-campus graduate program, unless you opt out. Low-residency students are not eligible for the Student Health Insurance plan.

    Learn more about Student Health Insurance.

    Student Health Insurance (Graduate) 2018–2019 2019–2020
    Annual Rate $4,960 $5,781
    Spring-Only Rate $2,907 $3,387
  • Tuition Insurance (optional)

    What happens when your education is disrupted by an unexpected injury or illness?  Depending on the timing of the withdrawal, you may not be eligible to receive a refund of all your tuition and fees.

    The Tuition Insurance Protection Plan helps students and their families overcome the financial losses that may result from events which force students to withdraw from the semester due to a covered medical reason.  Helping families get the most out of your Lesley University experience is always our top priority.  That's why we've partnered with GradGuard to make the Tuition Insurance Protection Plan available to our families.

    This coverage strengthens and broadens the scope of our existing refund policy by ensuring reimbursement for tuition, housing, and other payments if a student withdraws for any covered medical reason at any time during the semester.

    Please remember the deadline to enroll is the day before classes begin each semester.

    Learn more at GradGuard.com/Tuition/Lesley or call 1.866.724.4384.

    Lesley University is not compensated for this program and provides the Tuition Insurance Protection Plan as a valuable student benefit.  The enrollment date is based on the academic calendar.  If you are not a traditional semester-based student, sign-up dates may vary.  Enrollment must be before the first day of class for your program of study.

    Terms, conditions, and exclusions apply. Plans only available to U.S. residents.  GradGuard is a service of Next Generation Insurance Group, LLC, the licensed agent for all insurance programs.  Insurance benefits are underwritten by Jefferson Insurance Company (NY; Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated "A+" (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., under Jefferson Form No. 101-C series or 101-P series.  Plan(s) may not be available in all jurisdictions.  Allianz Global Assistance and Allianz Tuition Insurance are brands of AGA Service Company.  AGA Service Company is the licensed producer and administrator of and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company.  The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage due to the affiliation between AGA Service Company and Jefferson Insurance.

    *For our returning students, please note that this plan is offered through a different carrier and does not have the same opt-in/opt-out process.  Please refer to the Student Account center, Lesley.afford.com, for further enrollment details.

  • Late Fees & Penalties
      2018-2019 2019-2020
    Late Registration Fee $100/semester $100/semester
    Late Payment Fee $100/month $100/month
    Declined Payment Fee $50 $50
    Replacement Check Fee $20 $20

Doctoral (PhD) Programs

  • Doctoral Tuition
    PhD Programs 2018–2019 2019–2020
    Counseling Psychology
    (Low residency)
    $1,230/credit $1,270/credit
    Educational Studies: Educational Leadership
    (Low residency)
    $1,000/credit $1,030/credit
    Educational Studies: Jewish Educational Leadership
    (Low residency) Lesley courses
    $1,000/credit $1,030/credit
    Educational Studies: Jewish Educational Leadership
    (Low residency) Hebrew College courses
    $1,000/credit $1,030/credit
    Educational Studies: Human Development & Learning
    (Low residency)
    $1,000/credit $1,030/credit
    Educational Studies: Individually-Designed
    (On campus)
    $1,000/credit $1,030/credit
    Expressive Therapies (Low residency) $1,000/credit $1,030/credit
  • Doctoral Fees
    Fees 2018–2019 2019–2020
    Activity Fee
    Applicable to Individually-Designed program
    on campus.
    $30/Fall & Spring $30/Fall & Spring
    PhD Matriculation Fee
    Charged for first 8 semesters.
    $1,495/Fall & Spring $1,495/Fall & Spring
    PhD Continuation Fee
    Charged after first 8 semesters.
    $2,000/Fall & Spring $2,000/Fall & Spring
    Registration Fee (Lesley University) $40/semester
    $20/8-week term
    $40/semester
    $20/8-week term
    Registration Fee (Hebrew College) Jewish Educational Leadership $100/semester $100/semester
    Degree Completion Fee $75 $75
  • Residency Fees
    Residency Programs 2018–2019 2019–2020
    Educational Studies: Educational Leadership $350/residency $350/residency
    Educational Studies: Jewish Educational Leadership $350/residency $350/residency
    Educational Studies: Human Development & Learning $350/residency $350/residency
  • Student Health Insurance (Graduate)

    You'll be charged the Student Health Insurance fee if you are enrolled half- or full-time in an on-campus doctoral program, unless you opt out.

    Low-Residency programs are not eligible for Student Health Insurance.

    Health Insurance Rates 2018–2019 2019–2020
    Annual Rate $4,960 $5,781
    Spring-Only Rate $2,907 $3,387
    Low-residency programs are not eligible. N/A N/A

    Learn more about Student Health Insurance.

  • Tuition Insurance (optional)

    What happens when your education is disrupted by an unexpected injury or illness?  Depending on the timing of the withdrawal, you may not be eligible to receive a refund of all your tuition and fees.

    The Tuition Insurance Protection Plan helps students and their families overcome the financial losses that may result from events which force students to withdraw from the semester due to a covered medical reason.  Helping families get the most out of your Lesley University experience is always our top priority.  That's why we've partnered with GradGuard to make the Tuition Insurance Protection Plan available to our families.

    This coverage strengthens and broadens the scope of our existing refund policy by ensuring reimbursement for tuition, housing, and other payments if a student withdraws for any covered medical reason at any time during the semester.

    Please remember the deadline to enroll is the day before classes begin each semester.

    Learn more at GradGuard.com/Tuition/Lesley or call 1.866.724.4384.

    Lesley University is not compensated for this program and provides the Tuition Insurance Protection Plan as a valuable student benefit.  The enrollment date is based on the academic calendar.  If you are not a traditional semester-based student, sign-up dates may vary.  Enrollment must be before the first day of class for your program of study.

    Terms, conditions, and exclusions apply. Plans only available to U.S. residents.  GradGuard is a service of Next Generation Insurance Group, LLC, the licensed agent for all insurance programs.  Insurance benefits are underwritten by Jefferson Insurance Company (NY; Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated "A+" (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., under Jefferson Form No. 101-C series or 101-P series.  Plan(s) may not be available in all jurisdictions.  Allianz Global Assistance and Allianz Tuition Insurance are brands of AGA Service Company.  AGA Service Company is the licensed producer and administrator of and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company.  The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage due to the affiliation between AGA Service Company and Jefferson Insurance.

    *For our returning students, please note that this plan is offered through a different carrier and does not have the same opt-in/opt-out process.  Please refer to the Student Account center, Lesley.afford.com, for further enrollment details.

  • Late Fees & Penalties
    Late Fees 2018-2019 2019-2020
    Late Registration Fee $100/semester $100/semester
    Late Payment Fee $100/month $100/month
    Declined Payment Fee $50 $50
    Replacement Check Fee $20 $20
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